Senior News Editor Departs NPR After Multiple Sexual Harassment Allegations

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National Public Radio chief news editor David Sweeney has left the organization after multiple women accused him of sexual harassment.

At least three current and former NPR journalists made formal complaints against Sweeney, and acting senior vice president of news Chris Turpin said he is "no longer on the staff," NPR reports.

Turpin sent an email to NPR staff about Sweeney's departure in which he noted that senior manager Edith Chapin will resume her role as executive editor, assuming Sweeney's duties.

"This is a difficult time for our newsroom and I'm committed to supporting all of you as we move forward," Turpin said. "I know you appreciate that there are some questions I cannot answer in keeping with our practice to not comment on personnel issues, but I will do my best to address those I can."

Turpin did not mention exactly why Sweeney left NPR; however, the organization noted his departure follows a formal internal review into his conduct following the complaints.

The announcement follows another recent departure at the organization. NPR's senior vice president of news and editorial director, Michael Oreskes,"was forced to resign on Nov. 1 over sexual misconduct allegations."